CANARSIE - Efforts to clean up the mess that Sandy left in Canarsie are continuing nearly one year after the superstorm struck, but some residents are being thwarted because of insurance issues.

Before Sandy hit, many people leaving in the Canarsie area did not have flood insurance because it was technically not within a flood zone. When it was time to file their claims, many were literally left out in the cold, relying only on the government or their life savings.

Some residents say they received funds from FEMA, but others say they didn't get nearly enough to fully rebuild.

Canarsie resident and Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman says Sandy was not only a natural disaster, but a financial disaster as well. Before the storm hit last October, the area had about 1,700 active foreclosures. Now, that number has nearly doubled to about 3,000 foreclosed homes.